The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to provide escort and stand in silent Honor and Respect for PFC Alva Clifford Groves, U.S. Army, repatriated Korean War POW, as he is returned to American soil for services and final rest. PFC Groves went home to be with the Lord during his captivity and is being returned home to receive the Honor he so richly deserves.

PFC Groves will be returning to Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday, 05 August, then escorted to Perine Funeral Home, 1348 S. Pike St., Shinnston, WV (

Funeral services will be at the Jewel City Church, 305 Rt 20 Haywood Rd., Shinnston, WV ( beginning at 1100 on Thursday, 07 August.

At the conclusion of services, escort will be provided to the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, WV (, a distance of approximately 20 miles.  If flying flags on your bike/vehicle, please ensure they are securely mounted.

West Virginia Ride Captain John Brown ( is the designated RCIC.  Pittsburgh portion of this honorable mission will be coordinated by former PA SC Barry Bioni ( and PA ASC/WV RC Tom Moody (

West Virginia staging for the escort will be at 0730 at Hardees, 722 E. Main St., Clarksburg, WV (

Mission brief at 0745 with KSU NLT 0800.

Staging in Pittsburgh will be at the Sheetz, 9002 University Blvd, Coraopolis, PA ( at 1000.  Directions to the Sheetz from the South are:

I-79 N toward Washington,PA

  1. Take the I-70 W/I-79 N/Washington Pa
  2. Take exit #18/I-79 N/Pittsburgh
  3. Take exit #59B/US-22 W/US-30 W/I-376 W/Airport
  4. Take exit #57/I-376-BL W/Moon onto Airport Pky (I-376-BL). 3.2 mi/
  5. Turn right onto University Blvd. 0.3 mi/
  6. Your destination on University Blvd is on the left.
    Sheetz, 9002 University Blvd, Coraopolis, PA

Staging for funeral services will be at 0915 at the Dollar General, 49 Haywood Rd., Shinnston, WV (

Mission brief at 0930 with KSU at 0945 for the short trip to the funeral home.  Flag line will be in place NLT 1000 and maintained until start of services.

Please monitor the thread for any mission changes or updates.

Understand this two-part mission takes place in the middle of the work week, if at all possible, please make a concerted effort to attend as we say “Welcome Home” and “Thank You” to another Hero from “The Forgotten War”.



Joe Cumblidge

State Captain

West Virginia Patriot Guard

Clarksburg, WV 26301

Shinnston, WV 26431